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Our Pentair Challenger 1.5 hp self priming pump is squealing.

It is making a high pitch squeal and leaking a little bit of water. It did stop while the polaris was connected. But then it resumed.

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Where is the water leaking from and does the noise start only when the pump starts or the entire time its running..

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